Lovell Hockey's New England Knights are excited to announce the purchase of the Oswego Stampede of the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL). The Knights will relocate the Stampede to the Raynham IcePlex in Raynham, MA. The Knights will join the NA3HL for the 2019-2020 season.
Entering its tenth season in 2019-20, the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL), one of two USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier III Junior leagues, serves as one of the top training grounds in the country by providing the best coaching, exposure and developmental vehicles available for student-athletes in its classification.
The player advancement during the 2018-19 season set a new standard for player movement. In addition to the 70+ players who advanced to play in the NAHL throughout the season, which was the most movement to the NAHL out of any Tier III junior league, over 150 NA3HL players made college commitments during the 2018-19 season.
The New England Knights will be a direct affiliate to the Northeast Generals of the NAHL.
"We are extremely excited to have added a team in the NA3HL. We think the league has proven to be a great stepping stone for aspiring College hockey players. We firmly believe in the NA3HL and their proven ladder of development. The main reason why we decided to purchase a team in the NA3 is because of their incredible track record of promoting players, amazing showcases and the direct path to college and the NAHL. And with the Northeast Generals as our NAHL affiliate right down the street we think we will be able to help push players on a great development path." Said Knights Owner Tim Lovell.
The primary mission of the NA3HL, which is managed organizationally by the NAHL, is to provide a structured developmental environment for student-athletes whose youth options are limited but are still reaching their potential and have aspirations of playing in the NAHL or United States Hockey League (USHL) and eventually the NCAA or American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA).
Through the NAHL's vast resources for development and exposure, the creation of the NA3HL provides another worthy path for players to grow, on and off the ice, while being showcased in front of the entire junior, college and professional scouting community. It also allows the NAHL and NA3HL to work with USA Hockey's youth affiliates regarding junior-youth conflicts of same-age players.
Bryan Erikson owner and General Manager of the Northeast Generals said "We are excited that the NA3HL keeps adding high quality owners that will continue to push the league to new heights. The affiliation between Lovell Hockey and the Generals has always been strong and this will help continue it's growth."
The New England Knights will be launching their website soon at http://www.nejrknights.com. The front office of the Knights NA3HL team will be as follows:
Tim Lovell, Owner, President, Coach, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Lovell, General Manager, Vice President, Coach, email@example.com
Rob Liberatore, Director of Scouting, Coach, firstname.lastname@example.org
You can follow the Knights on twitter and instagram at @nejrknights
Interested players should email email@example.com
A presentation to and final approval by the USA Hockey Junior Council is expected by June 7th.